Digital records

Digital records

Subscription websites and how to get good value

How do you use subscription websites (including Ancestry.com, Find My Past, Scotlands People, The Genealogist and Roots Ireland) most efficiently, indeed often as a way of saving you money. 


The findmypast suite - UK, Ireland, Australasia and USA

An overview of the growing suite of findmypast sites - UK, Ireland, Australasia and USA - with a look at the key records, what is new and what is coming.


Genes Reunited: Family trees and historic records

Genes Reunited was created on Guy Fawkes Day in 2002. It was the first British website set up to connect people searching the same family lines and in 2010 was ranked the #1 family website based on market share of visits among all UK sites. Since its acquisition by brightsolid in 2009 various historic records from the findmypast collection have been added - now it includes the complete 1841-1911 census collection, BDM records, Military records, passenger lists, and recently 35 million parish records.


Ancestry.com: What does it offer?

An overview of the historic records available on Ancestry for Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland with a brief peek at what is starting to come online for German research.


TheGenealogist.co.uk: What's the difference?

Apart from the English and Welsh census and BDM records, TheGenealogist.co.uk has many unique records to offer - official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls and more. As well, it has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls.


Online newspapers: Finding out what happened in the "dash"

Many sources can give us at least the basics of birth and death - newspapers can give much to add to the gap between, the real life of the person. Now that digital versions are available finding that information is so much easier - Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and more.


The 1911 census: What's all the fuss?

Indeed, what is all the fuss about the 1911 census for England and Wales? Take a peek at the enormous task that resulted in this wonderful resource, learn what is different about this census to the earlier ones, see your own relative’s signature on the householder’s return and much more. You might even learn the name of your family’s pet, find a deceased relative listed or find your family on one of the many quirky returns that were submitted.


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